Legendary film producer Daggubati Ramanaidu (79) passed away in Hyderabad on Wednesday after fighting prostate cancer. Father of noted film hero, D. Venkatesh and grandfather of upcoming actor, Rana, Ramanaidu established the well-known film house Suresh Productions, named after his elder son.
He produced over 150 films in most of the Indian languages with Telugu topping the list. Considered as an icon of film industry, he introduced several film personalities through his Suresh Productions.
Recipient of Dada Saheb Phalke Award for lifetime achievement in 2009 and also Padma Bhushan in 2012 in recognition of his contribution to Indian cinema, Ramanaidu also holds the record for producing highest number of films in the world.
Born in an agricultural family in Karamchedu in Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh, Ramanaidu also represented the Bapatla constituency in Parliament during 1999 – 2004 getting elected on the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) ticket.
He started Ramanaidu Studios in Hyderabad in 1989 and offered the film-makers the facility of walking in with a script and leaving with the final copy. He was also known for appearing in guest roles in the films produced by him. Some of his well-known films include Prem Nagar, Mundadugu, Soggadu, Jeevana Tarangalu, Devatha, Sangharshana, Prathidwani, Aha Na Pellanta, Prema, Indrudu Chandrudu and the latest being Gopala Gopala starring Venkatesh and Pawan Kalyan.
Some of his runaway hits in Hindi include Tohfa, Insaf Ki Awaz and Prem Qaidi in which he introduced Karishma Kapoor to the silver screen.
A large number of film personalities made a beeline to his residence in the city soon after his demise. Among them actor Nagarjuna, Rajasekhar, Chiranjeevi, Allu Arjun, Nagachaitanya, film maker Allu Arvind paid floral tributes to the departed film producer.